Liverpool reveal Hillsborough tribute plans for Manchester United fixture

 

Liverpool plan to pay a number of tributes to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and their families at this weekend's home match with Manchester United.

Sunday will be the first time Brendan Rodgers' side have played at Anfield since the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the 1989 tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 supporters.

The report exonerated fans from blame and exposed the extent to which South Yorkshire Police went in order to discredit supporters.

Families of the victims now hope they can achieve the justice they have been searching for during the last 23 years, starting with a new inquest and possibly pursuing legal action.

Clubs up and down the country have shown their support for the campaign over the last week and now Liverpool will do so on their home ground.

Rival captains Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic will release 96 balloons shortly before kick-off in memory of those who died and there will also be several crowd mosaics.

'The Truth' will be displayed on the Kop, the Lower Centenary Stand will carry the word 'Justice' and the Anfield Road end will bear the number 96.

"It is our first home game and the clubs have been working very hard to commemorate the work which has gone on with all the families," said manager Brendan Rodgers.

Sunday's match also raises the prospect of Luis Suarez, banned for eight matches last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, facing the Frenchman again but sources have already intimated there will be no repeat of February's incident at Old Trafford when the Uruguay international refused to shake his opponent's hand.

PA

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